National Bike Week gets under way tomorrow, Saturday 19th June, and wherever you live in the UK, there’s likely to be a choice of events to appeal both to experienced cyclists and to those considering taking to two wheels for the first ever time.
Sponsored by EDF Energy under its Team Green Britain initiative, the Bike Week website has a fully searchable database of events split into categories such as rides for cyclists of differing levels of ability, cycling skills training, or commuter challenges.
To find local events, you can either put in the first half of your postcode, or just zoom in on the map.
Over the next few days here on road.cc we’ll be highlighting some of the more newsworthy, not to mention madcap initiatives, and to kick off here’s a brief taster of some of the events taking place round the country:
Starting tomorrow, cyclists in Norwich can sign up to the city’s new Bicycle Bonus scheme, which aims to provide rewards to those who choose to use their bikes rather than cars to get into the city, providing them with a range of discounts and special offers at participating local business.
Brighton’s celebration of Bike Week kicks off on Saturday 19 June with Bicycle Alley, an afternoon of bike-related fun in Preston Park. Running from 12pm to 5pm, the event is targeted at adults and children including various cycle challenges including, intriguingly, bicycle limbo.
In Manchester – home of British Cycling, of course – there are a number events planned including led rides next Friday from Bury, Manchester, Salford and Trafford into the city, and on Saturday the Arndale Centre hosts Bike Fabulous, which promises to highlight cycling clothing and accessories that tread the line between fashion and function. More information on the events in the city can be found here.
In Cardiff, one of the highlights promises to be the Barrage Bike Festival a week on Sunday, including family rides around Cardiff Bay and the Wetlands, and details of that and other events in the Welsh capital are available here.
Cyclists in Scotland, too, will have plenty of events to choose from, including a mass ride from Glasgow’s George Square to Kelvingrove Park departing 12.30pm on Wednesday. News of that, and other events in Scotland’s largest city, can be found on the city council's website.
Many events around the country, of course, will have a Doctor Bike or similar expert on hand to help fine-tune machines that have perhaps languished unloved in the garden shed for too long, and across the country there will also be bicycle breakfasts to provide a treat to those who have decided to use pedal power to go to work, their place of study, or just have a ride around town – so get on the Bike Week website, put in your postcode, and find out what’s going on in your back yard!
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.